'No, No I Do Not': Kamala Harris Clarifies She Does Not Support Abolishing Private Insurance

For the second time in a period of five months, Sen. Kamala Harris was forced to clarify Friday morning that she does not support eliminating private health insurance just hours after making it seem to many that she did.

“No, no I do not,” Harris said during an appearance on MSNBC‘s “Morning Joe” when asked if she supports abolishing private insurance. “I am a proponent of Medicare for All. Private insurance will exist for supplemental coverage.”

Harris’s remarks came after she raised her hand in response to an “awkwardly phrased” question from NBC‘s Lester Holt during Thursday night’s Democratic presidential debate.

“Many people watching at home have health insurance through their employer,” Holt said. “Who here would abolish their private health insurance in favor of a government-run plan?”

Harris said she interpreted the question as asking whether she would be willing to give up her own private insurance plan in favor of a government-run program like Medicare for All.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), the lead Senate sponsor of the Medicare for All Act of 2019, was the only other candidate on the stage who raised his hand in response to Holt’s question.

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